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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is looking to bounce back after playing through a knee injury throughout the majority of the 2021 season.

“I mean, I was hurt last year, but it’s football, after Week 1 no one is going to be 100%,” Elliott said. “That’s part of the game.”

Elliott noted playing through the ailment for most of last year helped him learn about his own durability and pain tolerance.

“I think I knew I was tough. I think I knew I could play through injuries … it was definitely tough, but hey, it’s my job,” he said.

Despite being diagnosed with a partially torn PCL, Elliott rushed for 1,002 yards, 10 touchdowns, and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He also added 47 receptions for 287 yards and two scores.

While being hampered with a knee injury proved to be a challenge, Elliott said it was the Cowboys’ playoff loss in the wild-card round that truly left him frustrated entering the offseason. He recorded just 31 yards on 12 carries in Dallas’ lone playoff appearance against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dallas won the NFC East division, posting a 12-5 mark.

The three-time Pro Bowl tailback said he’s feeling healthy and ready to go entering his seventh pro campaign. With no guarantees remaining in his contract after the 2022 season, Elliott doesn’t feel any additional pressure.

“I think every year we’ve got something to prove,” he said.

 

Marion Barber III, the former Dallas Cowboys running back who scored plenty of touchdowns without recording a 1,000-yard season, has died, the team said Wednesday. He was 38.

Barber played a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had issues with mental health after his career.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.

The Cowboys, who have their headquarters in Frisco, said they were “heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III.”

“Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down,” the team said. “He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates.”

Barber’s father, Marion Barber Jr., played seven seasons with the New York Jets in the 1980s.

The younger Barber is fourth on Dallas’ career list for rushing touchdowns with 47 after getting passed in 2021 by two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott. He finished with 53 and never had fewer than four in any of his seven seasons.

The former Minnesota player, a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2005, had 24 touchdowns in 2006-07 despite starting just one game those two seasons. Barber’s career high was 14 TDs in 2006, when he rushed for just 654 yards.

Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and production declined from there, and he had careers lows in carries, yards and touchdowns in his final year in Dallas in 2010.

Three years after his career ended, Barber was detained and taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police in Mansfield, another Dallas suburb, said it wasn’t clear what led to the calls that prompted their response.

Barber and his father both played for the Golden Gophers, and the younger Barber is second on the school’s career list with 35 rushing touchdowns.

Barber and Laurence Maroney, a first-round pick by New England in 2006, were the first pair of NCAA backs to produce two 1,000-yard seasons in consecutive years on the same team. They did it in 2003-04.

Barber’s younger brothers, Dom Barber and Thomas Barber, also played for the Gophers. Dom Barber spent four years as a defensive back with the Houston Texans.

The Dallas Cowboys are worth an estimated $6.5 billion, but Jerry Jones is confident he could get much more than that if he were to sell the team.

Jones, who purchased the Cowboys for $150 million in 1989, recently told NBC Sports’ Peter King he believes he’d get “more than $10 billion” if he put the team up for sale. However, he has no intention of ever doing that.

“But let me make this very clear,” the Cowboys owner said. “I’ll say it definitively. I will never do it. I will never sell the Cowboys. Ever.”

Forbes ranked the Cowboys as the NFL’s most valuable franchise at $6.5 billion in 2021, an increase of 14% from the previous year. The New England Patriots were the second most valuable at $5 billion, followed by the New York Giants at $4.85 billion.

Jones’ comments were sparked by the upcoming sale of the Denver Broncos, whom Forbes estimated were worth $3.75 billion last year. Reports have suggested the Broncos could fetch anywhere from $4 billion to upward of $5 billion, which would be the most expensive team sale in U.S. sports history.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was “home and fine” on Thursday, one day after a report that he was involved in a traffic accident and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Stephen Jones, the owner’s son and an executive vice president for the Cowboys, updated his father’s condition to The Associated Press.

Citing unidentified police sources, Dallas TV station WFAA reported that Jerry Jones, 79, was involved in a crash Wednesday night near downtown Dallas. The station reported emergency crews were summoned, and Jones sustained minor injuries.

A Dallas police spokesman told the AP the department doesn’t release names of individuals involved in vehicle crashes unless there is a fatality. The spokesman confirmed there was a two-vehicle crash but didn’t offer any other details.

The crash involving Jones was the latest incident in a tumultuous offseason for the Cowboys.

An ESPN report in February revealed the club paid a $2.4 million settlement to four Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders over allegations of voyeurism against a public relations director who retired a few weeks before the report. A week later, a woman who grew up in North Texas filed a lawsuit alleging Jerry Jones is her biological father.

The Cowboys also are awaiting a Dallas police investigation into a fatal drive-by shooting in which cornerback Kelvin Joseph was a passenger in the vehicle. Joseph’s attorney says the second-year player was unarmed and “found himself in a situation that escalated without his knowledge or consent.”

A 25-year-old Texas woman who sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging he is her biological father, has dropped her lawsuit.

Alexandra Davis said in court papers filed Wednesday that she now wants genetic testing to verify her claim, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“Alexandra has just decided that she wants to go ahead and proceed with parentage and DNA testing,” said Jay Gray, one of Davis’ lawyers. “She wants to remove any doubts that Jerry’s her father.”

Jones’ attorneys had asked in court filings that the suit be dismissed but did not address the paternity claim. A representative for Jones declined to comment.

The lawsuit alleged that Jones had a relationship with Davis’ mother, Cynthia Davis, who was working as a ticket counter agent for American Airlines in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the time. Alexandra Davis was born in 1996.

Davis and her mother reached a settlement in which Jones would support them financially as long as they didn’t publicly identify him as her father, according to court documents. At the time of the agreement in 1998, Jones denied he was the father.

Jones and his wife, Gene, married in 1963. They have three children, and all have a front office role with the Cowboys. Jerry Jones is the team president and general manager.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper is embracing a fresh start after being traded by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this offseason.

“I wouldn’t say I just wanted to leave, but at the same time, it’s never personal. It’s just business, and that’s part of the business of being in this league,” Cooper said Wednesday at his introductory press conference, according to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. “Things like that happen all the time – players get cut, players get traded.

“There’s no player in the league who’s still in the league from 30 years ago. It all comes to an end at some point. With that said, I am excited about this new chapter, and I embrace it. I look forward to the future here.”

Cleveland acquired Cooper on March 12. The Cowboys, who were reportedly prepared to release the receiver if a trade didn’t come together, were looking to offload his salary off their books before it became guaranteed.

The deal marked the second time in Cooper’s career that he was traded. The then-Oakland Raiders shipped him to Dallas in 2018.

Part of Cooper’s excitement in playing for the Browns is being able to catch passes from Deshaun Watson, who Cleveland acquired from the Houston Texans on March 18. But although Cooper was “elated” at the prospect of playing with Watson, he’s not taking his role with the team for granted.

“He’s a great player. I’m a great player. We’re going to make it work by any means necessary,” Cooper said. “But I think as far as being his No. 1 receiver, that has to be earned.”

Meanwhile, Cooper’s presence is already being felt in the Browns’ locker room during offseason workouts.

“Just watching him work there in the weight room and seeing him around his teammates, I think he’s a guy that really works hard,” said head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Cooper should give the Browns a top pass-catcher among a young wide receiver corps. He’s hauled in 517 receptions, 7,076 yards, and 46 touchdowns since 2015.

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with pass-rusher Dante Fowler, the team announced Friday.

The transaction will reunite Fowler with Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who signed him in 2020 when he was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Fowler was two seasons into his three-year, $45-million pact with the Falcons before they cut him earlier this offseason after a disappointing stint with the club. The former top-three pick could only muster 7.5 sacks across 28 games in Atlanta.

Fowler’s best season came in 2019 when he notched a career-high 11.5 sacks with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Cowboys were looking for a pass-rusher after Randy Gregory slipped through their grasp. Gregory reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Cowboys in free agency before backing out of the deal to sign with the Denver Broncos.

Dallas will incorporate Fowler into a pass-rush group that also features Demarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons, among others. Parsons led the team with 13 sacks last season, while Lawrence finished with three sacks in seven games.

Von Miller‘s market is heating up.

The Dallas CowboysCleveland Browns, and Los Angels Rams are currently in the mix for the star linebacker, sources told Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.

Miller began the 2021 season on the Denver Broncos but was traded to the Rams midway through the campaign. He teased a potential return to Denver on social media earlier in March.

The eight-time Pro Bowler was a key contributor for Los Angeles during its Super Bowl LVI title run this season, notching 14 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble during the playoffs.

Dallas’ interest in Miller grew after pass-rusher Randy Gregory backed out of a deal with the Cowboys to sign with the Broncos, reports ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Gregory reportedly spurned Dallas after initially signing Tuesday and agreed to the same five-year, $70-million pact with Denver.

The 32-year-old Miller racked up 50 tackles (19 for loss) and 9.5 sacks through 15 regular-season appearances in 2021.

The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday.

The pact is worth $40 million, a source told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Lawrence’s deal also contains $30 million in guarantees over the first two years and reduces his cap hit from $27 million to $14 million in 2022.

The 29-year-old, now signed through 2024, previously inked a five-year, $105-million extension in April 2019. He appeared in only seven regular-season games in 2021 due to a broken foot sustained at practice after Week 1. Lawrence didn’t return until Week 13.

The injury limited Lawrence to 21 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles last campaign.

The two-time Pro Bowler has been one of Dallas’ best pass-rushers since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2014. He notched 10-plus sacks in consecutive seasons in 2017 and 2018 – including a career-high 14.5 in 2017 – but hasn’t topped 6.5 sacks since.

With pass-rusher Randy Gregory hitting free agency this offseason, keeping Lawrence became a priority for the Cowboys. The move may also help Dallas re-sign Gregory, who ranked second on the team last year with six sacks, behind only Micah Parsons‘ 13.

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a new five-year, $62.5-million deal with wide receiver Michael Gallup, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gallup was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Dallas had prioritized re-signing the promising wideout, who tore his ACL on Jan. 2. Gallup also missed seven games this past season due to a calf injury. Despite multiple ailments, the 26-year-old was able to haul in 35 receptions for 445 yards and two touchdowns.

Gallup has proved to be an effective target for quarterback Dak Prescott when healthy. The Georgia native tallied back-to-back seasons with 800-plus receiving yards in 2019 and 2020 to go along with 11 total touchdowns.

Dallas has been busy addressing its pass-catching group this offseason, previously placing the franchise tag on tight end Dalton Schultz. The Cowboys freed up some cap space by reportedly trading Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns.